While many employees would prefer to not bring their work home with them, it's becoming an increasing trend thanks to the prevalence of mobile technology.
Having work emails on your laptop, mobile or tablet is so tempting for many employees in an attempt to stay ahead of workloads and ensure all tasks are completed on time.
20 per cent logged onto their work networks out of office hours.
This very topic was highlighted in a recent survey from Roy Morgan Research. According to the responses of close to 18,000 Australians, 20 per cent logged onto their work networks out of office hours.
Roy Morgan reported that the most common way for Australians to access these networks was via a computer (18 per cent). However, both mobile phones (7 per cent) and tablets (3 per cent) also attracted attention from employees.
Michele Levine, Roy Morgan Research CEO, explained that many businesses promote the use of remote working.
"Full-time workers are increasingly willing and able (and perhaps expected) to access their work networks remotely, whether simply to check and reply to emails while out-of-office or to perform regular duties instead of (or as well as) coming in to work," she summarised.
Ms Levine continued by stating how this can have both positive and negative impacts on employees and businesses.
"Online work networks can be mutually beneficial to employers and employees, but the full impact on workplace relations and productivity are yet to be realised," she said.
"24-hour wireless internet access means many employees can potentially log-in from anywhere on any device at any time, whether in a café on the weekend, when sick at home on a weekday, or even on holidays."
Do more hours equal more productivity?
Unfortunately, this is not the case. Roy Morgan confirmed that those who participate in remote working record longer hours, but more unpaid hours as well. Additionally, these professionals are 30 per cent more likely to feel dissatisfied with their current position.
This could go some way to explaining why just 24 per cent of employees in Australia and New Zealand are engaged with their work, based on the 2013 Gallup State of the Global Workplace report. In fact, 16 per cent are "actively disengaged".
What are the solutions?
With business processes increasing and demands on staff growing, companies need to implement smart solutions to save time and prevent employees working remotely on their weekends and holidays. One way to achieve this is through web conferencing or teleconferencing.
By saving on travel times and late meetings, employees can conduct conference calls productively and have more free hours to finish their work by 5:30 pm.